• Pablo Gómez, president of the Tera Cluster, claims the role of the Cluster in the development of a cybersecurity policy that facilitates the economic and social development of Cantabria
  • The professional conference “Cybersecurity Uncovered” analyzes the main challenges in this area for the business fabric of the region

Santander, December 13, 2023. Currently, the business fabric can be divided into two large groups that separate cyber-attacked companies from those that do not know that they have been attacked. In fact, according to the ‘X-ray of the State of Cybersecurity’ carried out by CloserStill Media and Red Seguridad, around 60% of Spanish organizations affirm that the number of cyberattacks has increased so far this year. A circumstance that can have devastating consequences for any company. In the words of Pablo Gómez, these effects can range “from the interruption of commercial operations to the theft of confidential information, the impact on the trust of our clients and citizens or the total closure of activity.”

The president of the Tera Cluster was this forceful at the inauguration of the fifth edition of the “Cybersecurity Uncovered” conference. An initiative promoted by the company CastroAlonso in collaboration with Tera and that has the support of both the National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE), the Santander City Council and the Government of Cantabria. “Cyber attacks have become a constant threat to our operations, our privacy and our security,” Gómez continued. “The protection of our systems and data is essential for the progress of our companies and for the development of our Community.”

Gómez took advantage of his intervention before a specialized forum to recall the fundamental mission that the Tera Cluster exercises both in specific training in this area and in raising awareness among companies and professionals. “Cybersecurity is a critical component in the mission of the TERA cluster in Cantabria,” he said. “It is a problem that does not understand size or ownership. It affects us all equally and we must work together to offer the greatest possible guarantees to our productive environment,” concluded the president of the Cluster.

 

During the opening presentation of the event, special emphasis was placed on the relevance of cybersecurity as a fundamental element for the development of the digital transition and as a lever for competitiveness and economic growth. “Digitalization is the great workhorse of the transformation of our economy and our society and that is only possible if we have agents at the local level that make change possible,” said the general director of INCIBE. Félix Barrio highlighted the future opportunities that exist for the region associated with this discipline. “Cantabria meets all the conditions to be a reference technological pole, not only at the national level, but also at the European level, around digitalization and in particular cybersecurity,” he argued.

The high capacities of the ICT companies of Cantabria and the clear identification of the strategic sectors of the Community, included in the RIS3 Strategy, place the Community in a very hopeful scenario. “The backbone of all actions is to convert cybersecurity and digital transformation into a lever of growth for sectors such as industry, culture, health, tourism or the blue economy,” said the INCIBE spokesperson.

In addition to highlighting the collaboration of the Cantabrian business community in the design of new cybersecurity solutions that allow Spain to obtain a certain technological sovereignty in this area, Barrio highlighted the great awareness of this matter that companies in the region have. “SMEs are the ones that determine the level of cybersecurity that institutions have and that citizens have,” explained the general director of INCIBE. “If there is not a small local company that offers protection services to a city council or a regional government, it is impossible to achieve the level of security required by citizens,” he explained. In the same sense, Miguel García-Menéndez, CEO of Castro Alonso, completed the analysis by recalling the work carried out by INCIBE so that SMEs do not feel alone on this path. “It is a nuclear commitment of the Institute and it is essential to continue advancing,” he concluded.

 

Finally, the highest representative of INCIBE highlighted that Cantabria is the fourth community in Spain that most uses the cybersecurity information service made available to citizens. According to Barrio, 86% of the calls made from the region to 017 were made by citizens. “This data shows the high level of concern of Cantabrian society and its high level of confidence.”